Upcoming Retreats

Vipassana Retreat 1
Vipassana Retreat Level 3
Waking up in community

At Namchak our intention is to make these workshops accessible to all. If the program costs present a financial barrier, please get in touch with us. We also offer stipends to help offset the cost of childcare. Please contact amanda@namchak.org  for more information regarding tuition and stipends.

Vipassana Retreat

Introduction to Vipassana: Insight Meditation Retreat (Level 1)

Join Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate online meditation retreat focusing on a practice that will help clear your filter and get to the essence of your true self. This retreat will focus on the simple, time-tested practice of insight meditation or Vipassana.

If mindfulness meditation (or Shamata) is like mowing down the weeds as they crop up in our minds, we can use insight meditation (Vipassana) to pull them out by the roots.

We do this by penetrating through the appearances of things, to the essential nature of the outer world we’re perceiving, and the essential nature of the perceiver—ourselves.

Details:
10/09/20 – 10/11/20

  • Friday: 6:30pm – 9:00pm MT
  • Saturday: 10am – 5pm MT
  • Sunday: 10am – 5pm MT
All times reflect MST*

Who This Workshop is For:
This retreat is suited for students that have a daily meditation practice and have practiced Shamata.

What to Expect From This Retreat:

  • An Examination of The Why & The What of Vipassana Meditation
  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life
  • Time for guided and solo meditation
  • Opportunity to meet with Khen Rinpoche one-on-one
  • Continued support and guidance from Namchak following the conclusion of the retreat.

Retreat Schedule

Friday:
6:00pm: Check-In
6:30pm: Retreat begins
7:30pm: Guided meditation
8:00pm: Tea break
8:15pm: Introduction to Vipassana
8:45pm: Q&A
9:00pm: Close

Saturday:
8:00am: Self-guided meditation practice
9:30am: Check-in
10:00am: Daily session begins
11:30am: Tea break
11:45am: Resume
1:00pm: Lunch break
3:00pm: Resume
4:00pm: Tea break
4:15pm: Resume
5:00pm: Close

Sunday:
8:00am: Self-guided meditation practice
9:30am: Check-in
10:00am: Daily session begins
11:30am: Tea break
11:45am: Resume
1:00pm: Lunch break
3:00pm: Resume
4:00pm: Tea break
4:15pm: Resume
5:00pm: Close

Vipassana Retreat: Exploring Mindfulness of Mind and Phenomena

Join master teacher Namchak Khen Rinpoche for an intimate weekend retreat focusing on a meditation practice that is intended to help clear your lens and get to the essence of your true self.

This retreat is the final part of Namchak’s three-part series focusing on the time-tested practice of insight meditation, or Vipassana. Here we examine the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, a systematic guide to practicing mindfulness in a progression.

In this weekend retreat, we will examine the third and fourth foundations of mindfulness by contemplating the mind and phenomena or mental constructs. In everyday life, we see and experience reality through a lens built by stories, past experiences, feelings, judgments, and more. By bringing our awareness to the mental objects that construct our vision of reality, we begin to understand our true connectedness and the impermanent nature of reality. This exploration is a profound opening to understanding the true nature of ourselves and the world.

Who This Workshop is For:
This retreat is appropriate for those who have an established Vipassana practice and have received Khen Rinpoche’s teachings on Mindfulness of Body and Feeling (Level 2).

Details:
10/16/20-10/18/20

  • Friday: 6:30 pm – 9pm
  • Saturday 10am – 5pm
  • Sunday 10am – 5pm

All times reflect MST*

What to Expect From This Retreat:

  • Extensive teachings and instruction exploring Vipassana, focusing on Mindfulness of Phenomena
  • Techniques to incorporate meditation practices into everyday life
  • Short, guided meditations
  • Continued support and guidance from Khen Rinpoche following the conclusion of the retreat.

Retreat Schedule

Friday:
6:00pm: Check-In
6:30pm: Retreat begins
7:30pm: Guided meditation
8:00pm: Tea break
8:15pm: Introduction to Vipassana
8:45pm: Q&A
9:00pm: Close

Saturday:
8:00am: Self-guided meditation practice
9:30am: Check-in
10:00am: Daily session begins
11:30am: Tea break
11:45am: Resume
1:00pm: Lunch break
3:00pm: Resume
4:00pm: Tea break
4:15pm: Resume
5:00pm: Close

Sunday:
8:00am: Self-guided meditation practice
9:30am: Check-in
10:00am: Daily session begins
11:30am: Tea break
11:45am: Resume
1:00pm: Lunch break
3:00pm: Resume
4:00pm: Tea break
4:15pm: Resume
5:00pm: Close

Ready for Exploring Mindfulness of Body and Feeling: Vipassana Retreat (Level 2)?

This retreat will focus on the simple, time-tested practice of insight meditation or Vipassana. If mindfulness meditation (or Shamata) is like mowing down the weeds as they crop up in our minds, we can use insight meditation (Vipassana) to pull them out by the roots. We do this by penetrating through the appearances of things, to the essential nature of the outer world we’re perceiving, and the essential nature of the perceiver—ourselves. Spend a weekend learning this time honored and scientifically proven technique to gain real freedom by stepping ever more into your true self.

Who This Workshop is For:
This retreat is part two of our Vipassana series and is suited for anyone who wants to examine the why and what of Vipassana meditation. All participants should have received Khen Rinpoche’s first level of Vipassana teachings.

Coming Spring 2021

Namchak’s Ngöndro Retreat

Ngöndro is the essential or “preliminary practice” in Tibetan Buddhism, requiring commitment and support it means “something which precedes.” In a direct and very practical way, these preliminary practices are methods which allow us, most efficiently, to purify negativity and accumulate merit. They bring forth our fullest potential while removing the veils which keep us from experiencing and expressing our Enlightened nature. In this online retreat, Khenpo Rinpoche will discuss the different practices of the Ngöndro, paint a picture of the sequence and how to practice, and help us to begin clearing our karma through dialogue and contemplation.

Who This Workshop is For:
This retreat is for students that are currently practicing the Ngöndro. Contact jessica@namchak.org for more information about the program and getting started.

Waking Up

Waking Up in Community Retreat
Taking Your Practice into the World

Namchak is teaming up with Aaron Stern, founder and president of the Academy for the Love of Learning, for a special workshop focused on bringing your inner practice into everyday life. Among the goals: creating the habit of staying in connection with your true self and others, whatever comes your way.

Who This Workshop is for:
Whether you’re reeling from national news and events, are struggling with a transition, or feeling a lack of meaning in your everyday life, the practices taught and experienced at this workshop will help equip you to transform your inner and outer relationships at home, at work, and in community. No prior experience required! You’ll emerge with greater perspective and new skills – ready to show up in the world with authenticity and leadership.

What to Expect from this Retreat:
Lama Tsomo and Aaron Stern bring their practices together to create a unique experience that weaves together inner and outer work through guided meditations, experience-based reflective exercises, and interactive dialogues. Participants can expect time for solo and shared reflection.

Practices Will Include:

  • An introduction to 7-point mind training a Buddhist practice designed to hack everyday challenges into opportunities for growth and happiness.
  • Modern techniques for increasing awareness in real time and redirecting action, based on the Academy’s ‘Learning as a Practice for Waking Up’ approach.
  • The ancient Buddhist practice of Vipassana (Sublime Seeing—Insight) meditation, taught Tibetan style by Lama Tsomo.

Details:

11/06/20-11/08/20 

  • Friday: 6:30 pm – 9pm
  • Saturday: 10 am – 5pm
  • Sunday: 10 am – 5pm

All times reflect MST*

Additional Resources

Learn more about the Namchak lineage including stories, history, and more about Vajrayana Buddhism here.

We also have a Preparing for Retreat Guide that provides students with additional resources, steps for preparing for a retreat, connecting to community, Namchak’s guiding values, and more.

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